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Edsall sticking to original timetable for decision on starting QB

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Edsall sticking to original timetable for decision on starting QB

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland head coach Randy Edsall is still evaluating who he wants to start at quarterback in his team’s season opener against Richmond on Sept. 5 -- either fifth-year senior Caleb Rowe or Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman.

“We got time to be able to make a decision,” Edsall told the media Tuesday in College Park. “I always believe that the guys will determine what the decision is.”

He and his staff entered the week with a plan and it appears they will stick to it, evaluating the quarterback position and others through the week, including Saturday’s scrimmage before making a final decision.

That time will include one practice on Monday, two on Tuesday, one on Thursday, two on Friday, and Saturday’s open scrimmage.

“I don't want to make decisions too soon and I want the guys to decide who's going to be out there,” Edsall said generally of team-wide position battles.

“Because we'll get to a point where if they don't decide it based on what they're doing, then that's a call that myself and the coaches will have to make with that. That's why we're just kind of going through the things we need to do and moving some guys around and looking at them at certain positions.”

“Certain positions” doesn’t necessarily mean dramatic position shifts, but more rotating who takes reps with the first, second, and third teams.

Garman took snaps with the first team on Monday. Rowe was with the first team on Sunday. The third QB in the mix, Perry Hills, was with the first team during morning practice.

“It's just a matter of making sure that you're doing the right thing and just seeing all the things you need to do,” Edsall said.

“We don't play for two weeks, but it's like anything else. You'd like to see guys just jump ahead of other people and you know sometimes it's hard.

“Caleb hadn't practiced in the spring coming off that ACL. Daxx came in as a transfer and still trying to learn, get comfortable with everything and then Perry is there.”

Check back to CSN for more Monday at the conclusion of practice, including a full quarterback report and more from Edsall.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.